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OUT & ABOUT WITH DONNA
Members of all branches of the military convene with Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Torrance, Torrance Police Department and Armed Forces Day committee members for a planning session of the 59th annual event and 3rd annual 5K.
Support Our Troops! Attend the Parade and Participate in the Torrance Armed Forces 5K for Freedom Run/Walk
It is at this time each year that I am extremely proud to live in the City of Torrance. Torrance is one of the few cities nationwide sanctioned by the Department of Defense to honor our Armed Forces through an Annual Armed Forces Day Parade and Celebration.

Hometown Hero Banners will soon line the streets surrounding Civic Center, which indicate that the nation’s longest running military parade sponsored by any city is quickly approaching. 2018 marks the 59 th Annual City of Armed Forces Day Celebration, a continuation of Torrance’s longest-standing tradition of celebrating the legacy and sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces. With 2018 highlighting the United States Marine Corps, Major General Eric M. Smith, 1 st Marine Division will be the Grand Marshal for this year’s parade.

Please join me and thousands of others as we pay tribute to our troops by attending the Armed Forces Day Parade which begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19th.

5K for Freedom Run/Walk

UCLA Health and the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the Third Annual Torrance Armed Forces Day 5K Run/Walk For Freedom on Saturday, May 19th. This 5K run/walk provides an opportunity for the community to run alongside troops from all five branches of the military. A special segment of the 5K for Freedom, in tribute to Louis Zamperini, is where active duty service men and women run in formation in PT gear and call out cadence. The Military units that participate in the race represent “freedom”, which exists in America because of the sacrifices of our service members, for whom we are incredibly grateful.

This year the chamber is encouraging organizations, businesses and residents to form teams to run/walk. “Participating as a team provides team building, brand recognition and the promotion of a healthy workplace,” stated Laurie Brandt, Chairwoman of the Board.

The first place overall male and female winners of the 5K For Freedom are invited to ride in the Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade the same day!
NEWS
Duperron Selected As Honorary Commander
Donna Duperron, President & CEO, was inducted as an Honorary Commander last night at a ceremony held at Los Angeles Air Force Base.

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Commander Space and Missile Systems Center provided welcoming remarks. "The purpose of the Honorary Commanders Program is to strengthen ties between the community and the base, and vice versa," explained Thompson. 

Duperron has been paired with Colonel Thomas R. Rock, Jr. Colonel Rock Jr. is the Senior Materiel Leader for the Range and Network Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, CA. He leads over 250 government and contract personnel modernizing and sustaining the world-wide Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) as well as the nation's Launch and Test Range Systems (LTRS) located at Vandenberg AFB, CA and Cape Canaveral AFS, FL.
An Ambitious California Bill Would Put the State in Charge of Controlling Prices in the Commercial Healthcare Market
In one of the most aggressive efforts in the nation to curb soaring healthcare spending, a new California measure would put the state in charge of setting prices for hospital stays, doctor's visits and most other medical services covered by commercial insurers.

The bill, backed by labor unions and consumer groups, is certain to rouse fierce opposition from physicians and hospitals, setting the stage for a brawl between some of the Capitol's top lobbying heavyweights. Proponents also face friction on the left from advocates of single-payer healthcare, who espouse an alternate vision of how to overhaul the state's healthcare. Read More...
A Message From Donna: Photo Joe, You Will Be Missed
When I started at the chamber in 1998, a volunteer by the name of Joe Ernest took pictures at ribbon cuttings and all Chamber events. Joe had a dark room at his home and he would develop prints to be used for Chamber publications.

Joe had many special attributes, but the one that stood out was his generosity. When delivering prints to the chamber, Joe would envelope additional prints and label them for members who always enjoyed being on the receiving end.

Last night, I received an email from Joe's daughter that he had just passed away at the age of 93. Many long time members will fondly recall that Joe volunteered his photography services to the chamber for over 15 years.

He was a true gentleman, a true professional and a true friend. Photo Joe you will be missed.
Team Building Opportunity for TACC Member Businesses
Saturday, May 19th, the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce and UCLA Health will present the 3rd annual 5K For Freedom in conjunction with the 59th Annual Torrance Armed Forces Day Celebration.

This year, for the first time, registration is open to teams! What does this mean? Your team. Your co-workers. Your brand. All represented in a community-minded, all-ages event that offers a unique and fun way to build camaraderie and stand out from the crowd!
CalChamber Releases 2018 Job Killer List
The California Chamber of Commerce has released its annual list of job killer bills, calling attention to the negative impact that 24 proposed measures would have on California’s job climate and economic recovery should they become law.

“Each bill on this year’s job killer list poses a threat to certainty for employers and investors in our state,” said CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg. “Besides undermining the state’s economic health, job killer bills have a cumulative negative impact on the businesses and entrepreneurs who provide the resources necessary to fund critical state programs like health care and education. Legislators must measure the impact that each of these proposed new laws will have, not just when the economy is expanding but also when California experiences the inevitable downturn.” Read More...
NEW MEMBERS
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RENEWING MEMBERS
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EVENTS
Education & Workforce Development: Wednesday, April 18th @ 8:30am
This committee seeks to enhance the educational experience by linking academics, business and community to promote real-world learning. Support & encourage partnerships geared toward workforce preparation in our area.

Member organizations and their employees are welcome to attend and participate, providing opportunities for professional development and relationship building. This group meets at the Chamber office. RSVP is requested. Click Here to RSVP
Please Join Us for a Ribbon Cutting Celebration!
Thursday, April 19th @ 11:30am
Ricky Pennington State Farm
22920 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite B | Torrance
GAP (Gov't Affairs Policy): Thursday, April 19th @ 12noon
IMPORTANT NOTE: APRIL 2018 MEETING LOCATION:
Hosted at Herbalife (in the boardroom) at: 990 W. 190th Street, Suite 650, Torrance CA 90502

GAP attendees discuss current issues, government affairs policy pertaining to business, and legislative advocacy efforts being made by the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce. RSVP is requested for proper planning and seating arrangements – please email Craig Johnson at  craig.johnson.oc@gmail.com  to confirm your attendance.
Technology & Innovation: Tuesday, April 24th @ 8am
"How to boost your ranking and increase sales with online marketing."

Special thanks to our expert presenter, Cory Freitas of DigiWEI ! Click Here to RSVP
Lunch with Our Leader featuring Janice Hahn: Wednesday, April 25th @ 11:30am
Please join us for the annual address from Los Angeles County 4th District Supervisor Janice Hahn. Click Here for Tickets
Torrance Fire Department Awards & Appreciation Luncheon: Wednesday, May 2nd @ 11:30am
Please join us for an event honoring the brave members of the Torrance Fire Department who have distinguished themselves through outstanding performance above and beyond the call of duty and/or standard job responsibilities, and the community members and city staff who support their mission.
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